Senior Researcher Development Coordinator Ref 8553

School/department: Doctoral School
Hours: Full time or part time hours considered up to a maximum of 36.5 hours. Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need).
Flexibility on working patterns can be accommodated and job-share applicants are welcome to apply.
Contract: permanent 
Reference: 8553
Salary: starting at £26,341 to £30,497 per annum, pro rata if part time
Placed on: 10 May 2022
Closing date:  07 June 2022.  Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.
Expected interview date: To be arranged
Expected start date: As soon as possible

Job description

The Doctoral School is seeking a highly organised, self-motivated and enthusiastic Senior Coordinator to join our small team and support the Researcher Development Programme for PhD students at Sussex. Excellent communication skills and attention to detail are key.

Working closely with the Researcher Development Officer and the Head of the Doctoral School, the post holder will oversee the administration of the programme and ensure the delivery of an effective, professional service.

The role will include:

  • scheduling, promotion and bookings of workshops and events
  • all aspects of financial administration, including funding schemes
  • developing systems to provide effective administration
  • acting as the first point of contact and offering support and advice to PhD students, PhD supervisors and senior University colleagues
  • building relationships and collaborating across the Schools and central departments of the University
  • management of the Doctoral School’s social media accounts and web content
  • supporting induction and community-building events for PhD students throughout the academic year
  • developing initiatives and funding schemes to support the professional development of PhD students

This is a hybrid role with an expectation to spend at least 50% working time on campus.

Responsibilities may change, further to Doctoral School review, to broaden the remit across undergraduate, doctoral and early career researchers.

Please contact Katy Stoddard, Researcher Development Officer, for informal enquiries.

The University of Sussex values the diversity of its staff and students and we welcome applicants from all backgrounds.

You can find out more about our values and our EDI Strategy,  Inclusive Sussex, on our webpages.

Download job description and person specification Ref 8553 [PDF 219.83KB]

The University requires that work undertaken for the University is performed from the UK. 

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How to apply

Download our professional services application form - Dec 2020 [DOC 203.00KB] and Personal Details and Equal Opportunities Form [DOC 119.50KB] and fill in all sections.

You must email your completed application, and personal details and equal opportunities form, to

You should attach your application form and all documents to the email in PDF format (we are unable to accept applications as or .pages) and use the format job reference number / job title / your name in the subject line.

You can also send your application by post to Human Resources Division, Sussex House, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton, BN1 9RH.

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